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Panthers put interim GM Marty Hurney on paid leave after ex-wife's allegations

Joseph Person and Michael Gordon, The Charlotte Observer on

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The allegations come two months after Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced he was selling the team following a Sports Illustrated report that detailed allegations of sexual and racial misconduct. The NFL has launched an independent investigation of Richardson.

On Hurney's situation, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said: "The club advised the league of the matter in a timely fashion, and it is being reviewed under the personal conduct policy."

Jeanne Hurney and Marty Hurney were divorced in January 2014. They had been married since 1988. In late December, Jeanne Hurney filed a motion to receive more alimony, given Hurney's return to the Panthers.

Jim Warren, a Charlotte attorney who represented Marty Hurney through part of his divorce case, said the allegations "obviously are not based on acts of domestic violence. No reasonable person could have feared for her bodily harm."

Warren also said the complaint "would appear to have been done at a time to inflict the most damage to Marty."

Lucchesi said the fact that Chapman denied Jeanne Hurney's request for a temporary protective order is significant because such 10-day orders typically are granted.

"The fact it didn't get granted in this case is super significant," Lucchesi said.

Marty Hurney, 62, interviewed last week to become the Panthers' full-time general manager for the second time in his career.

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Hired on an interim basis last July after Richardson abruptly fired Dave Gettleman, Marty Hurney was the only internal candidate last week to interview for the position with team officials.

The Panthers also talked to three other candidates -- Lake Dawson, Jimmy Raye III and Martin Mayhew.

(Staff researcher Maria David contributed.)

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